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Policing in Suffolk to ‘remain highly visible’ says police chief as threat level reduced

PUBLISHED: 20:06 27 May 2017 | UPDATED: 20:06 27 May 2017

Armed police walking around the APEX venue in Bury St Edmunds as part of a counter terrorism program.

Armed police walking around the APEX venue in Bury St Edmunds as part of a counter terrorism program.

With the UK terror threat level being lowered to ‘severe’, Suffolk’s Chief Constable Gareth Wilson has reassured residents that policing will remain more highly visible for the coming weekend.

Armed police officers on reassurance patrol in Tavern Street, Ipswich, following the terrorist attack in ManchesterArmed police officers on reassurance patrol in Tavern Street, Ipswich, following the terrorist attack in Manchester

Despite the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre lowering the threat level this morning (May 27), armed officers will continue to patrol over the Bank Holiday weekend. 

It is expected that they will return to usual policing levels on Monday evening.

Chief Constable Gareth Wilson said: “We have, as other police forces across the country have, taken the practical and precautionary decision to retain heightened patrols until the end of the Bank Holiday. 

“We will continue to review this proposed reduction of a visible presence and even when it does happen, it does not mean a reduction in service. We are here to protect the public and will do everything in our power to do so.

“Rest assured, the threat level and our response are constantly under review. If we feel it necessary to deploy specially trained officers to areas of heightened risk again in the coming weeks we will.

“I would continue to ask the public to remain calm but alert – if you see anything which causes you concern, then call the police immediately. Look out for anything that seems out of place, we would rather investigate concerns which come to nothing, rather than hear an incident could have been prevented.”

Latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and remaining vigilant can be accessed at www.nactso.gov.uk

• To report any suspicious activity or behaviour call 0800 789 321 or in an emergency dial 999


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